Video : Champions League : “Ebiza”

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Parisian duo Champions League released their strong>Ebiza EP this year via 25 Years and Running. You might recall the track “Flaco” we posted about this past summer. Today, they have shared a Killdeath directed visual for the title track to the EP, “Ebiza”. The clip mixes highly stylized lo-fi and digital effects coming off as relaxed as the song itself. Watch below and purchase the EP here.

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Video : Marika Hackman : “Drown”

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February 16th will see the release of Marika Hackman’s debut album, We Slept At Last, through Dirty Hit. Today, she has unveiled the dark video for lead single “Drown”. The video, found below, came with the following note from Hackman:

The song itself deals with the idea of suffocating on the power of human emotion and finding it painful yet strangely euphoric in a masochistic way. With my music not a lot of people pick up the underlying violence within the lyrics so I wanted to create a video that would indulge in the dark but beautiful intensity of these words. Working with the directors, Brian and Karl, we drew inspiration from the works of American video artist Bill Viola and the way he contrasts human subjects with the black voids he places them in, to create an erie beauty and serenity which simultaneously belies the violence of what is actually happening.

Oh to drown in your mind I would, I know I would. To suffocate in your smoke I’d choke on you if I could. Maybe I will.

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MOKB Video Premiere : Bell Gardens : “Take Us Away”

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Stars Of The Lid Brian McBride and former Furry Things’ Kenneth James Gibson project Bell Gardens recently released their sophomore LP, Slow Dawns for Lost Conclusions, via Rocket Girl to very strong reviews. They even scoring a 7.4 from the vaunted Pitchfork, if that mean anything to you. Their latest single from it comes with a wandering video directed by the band set in a desert. The song is gorgeous Americana disguised as a psychedelic Britpop track full of palatial orchestration and self-reflection. Watch below.

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Video : Viet Cong : “Continental Shelf”

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Women offshoot Viet Cong have their new self-titled LP out January 20th via Jagjaguwar. The lead single from it “Continental Shelf” is sure to end up on our’s and many other’s songs of the year list. Everything about the song is epic and tight. Today, they have a new video for the track shot by director Yoonha Park in 16mm film. Park says of the creepy visual, “I wanted the video to feel like a reel of film that was purchased accidentally at a garage sale or found buried under someone’s front porch. It’s meant to be an incomplete picture – like screen tests from a lost movie.” Watch below.

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Video : Max Frost : “Paranoia”

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MOKB took a little trip down to Austin, Texas last week, and while partying with miscreants from all over the U.S., we took in an unexpected bowling alley dance party featuring Austin, TX native, multi-instrumentalist, and up-and-coming artist Max Frost. Frost recently toured with Fitz & The Tantrums and is more frequently finding his name on “Artists To Know” lists and his music in brand commercials. It’s high-energy and loads of fun, so expect the trend to continue. His first single “White Lies” was an early fav of ours, and he’s recently returned with a video for another standout track, “Paranoia“.

Frost will release his debut album in early 2015, and he’s got some heavy-hitters in his corner already. Frost co-produced and co-wrote all the new tracks with the help of producers Benny Blanco (Maroon 5/Wiz Khalifa), Francois Tetaz (Gotye), Ant Whiting (John Newman) and Kid Harpoon (Jesse Ware, Florence and The Machine, Skrillex).

Video : First Aid Kit : “America” (Simon & Garfunkel Cover)

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Just in case there is some subsection of our audience that doesn’t overlap with the internet at large, and really just to let First Aid Kit know we think they’re amazing, here is the duo’s breathtaking cover of Simon & Garfunkel’s “America”. This will initially be available exclusively as a 10″ single for Record Store Day, and will be released on Nov 28th.

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Video : Sonny & the Sunsets : “Cheap Extensions”

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San Francisco outfit Sonny & the Sunsets are returning on February 17th with new album Talent Night at the Ashram via Polyvinyl. The album, which initially started as a film project that ultimately morphed into songs, could be his most eclectic and adventurous to date. Coinciding with the announcement, the band has revealed the lead single “Cheap Extensions” along with an quirky, yet entertaining animated video. You can find the video and the song stream below. You can pick up a copy of the early bird light blue limited edition vinyl here.